The FFA emblem combines five symbols that represent the organization's goals. The words "Agricultural Education" encircle the emblem around "FFA" at the center, which "signify the combination of learning and leadership necessary for progressive agriculture," according to the FFA.
The foundation of the FFA emblem features a cross section of an ear of corn, because corn is a foundational crop of U.S. agriculture. In the background, a rising sun symbolizes progress and the opportunities the future brings. At the base, a plow embodies the agricultural labor at the core of American vitality. The owl perched on the plow serves its traditional function as a symbol of wisdom; its appearance on the FFA emblem indicates the acumen required to achieve prosperity through agriculture.